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originally posted by: SkeptiSchism
Maybe he's playing chess or ur with Semjaza
originally posted by: TheConstruKctionofLight
I don''t even get why this is in the religious forum, belongs in the short stories forum.
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; Others simply transliterate the Hebrew azazel or Azazel, referring to a location in the desert or to the name of a goat-demon in the wilderness. The suggestion that it names a goat-demon is unlikely since there is a specific prohibition against making an offering to a goat-demon in Lev. 17:7. Scapegoat probably is the best choice since it reflects the role that the goat played in the ceremony.
The Atonement and the Scapegoat ~ Who Or What Is "Azazel"?
The precise meaning of Hebrew "Azazel", found nowhere else in the Bible, has been disputed since antiquity and remains uncertain even to the present time. Over the centuries, exegesis of this name has followed three lines of interpretation.
Balashon - Hebrew Language Detective: azazel
The results of this investigation suggest that the standard Christian interpretation of the scapegoat as representing Christ is probably in error. The more straightforward Hebrew interpretation that Azazel is Satan can be explained in terms of Christian doctrine by the Book of Enoch. In particular, the goat "for Jehovah" is indeed Jesus Christ, who atoned and was sacrificed for all the sins of mankind.
But the other goat, the scapegoat "for Azazel," also bears the weight of the sins of all mankind because Satan (Azazel) is ultimately responsible for them all. And he will be punished for them, first by being cast into the bottomless pit, and later by being thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone at the last day. This ceremony teaches these two truths simultaneously.
The Book of Enoch explains that Azazel is a name for Satan. The book is clearly of ancient origin and was considered authentic, so that would have been known to those officiating in the ceremony. To them there would have been no question on the meaning: one goat was "for Jehovah" and the other was "for Satan".
The Scapegoat Dilemma